HOMER — A recent rash of crime in the Homer area has local residents looking to each other to help change the crime climate in their community. Numerous reports to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office prompted Deputy Nicholas Pease to give a presentation on forming a Neighborhood Watch program Wednesday evening at the Homer Library. Pease gave a PowerPoint presentation and shared information on what a Neighborhood Watch program could do for their community.
Homer residents cited recent incidences of burglary, vandalism, numerous threats and other crimes in nearby communities including the 2009 murder of Jean Davis and a large meth lab bust. These concerns were presented to Pease with questions on what can be done to deter the recent rash of crime. Pease explained there are six other Neighborhood Watch programs organized in Licking County, the purpose is “To improve the quality of life where we live by community involvement.”
“The main key here is communication ... everyone working together,” said Pease. “This program runs off the desire of the residents.”